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Letter of Reference
from Michael W. Lipe

February 14, 2002

To Whom It May Concern:

The Wylie High School Band program was fortunate to have Peter Ferrito work with our leadership team before the start of the 2001 marching season. We have sent our student leaders to other programs outside the school for a number of years but this was the first time we had provided this type of intense training for just our students. We were very pleased with the instruction our leadership team received and the results were amazing. Using the techniques learned in the workshop, our student leaders were directly responsible for our most successful season ever as we advanced to the Texas State Marching Championships for the first time.

If you are looking for two days of "fun and games" for your students, then Peter's workshop is not for you. Peter uses activities that draw all students into the process and really makes them think for themselves about the things they do and their interactions with other students. At the end of the two-day workshop, our leaders were exhausted but excited about the year to come. They knew they had gained the knowledge and ability to really make a difference in their organization. The team-building games brought them together in a way I had never seen and the attitude they developed during the workshop stayed with them the entire season.

I highly recommend Peter Ferrito and his leadership training program to all directors who really want to make a difference in their student leadership team. The time and energy invested in the workshop will pay great dividends in the immediate future of the organization and will provide students with skills they will utilize throughout their lives.


Michael W. Lipe
Director of Bands
Wylie High School
Wylie, Texas

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